Author, ideology and publisher : a symbiotic relationship : Lovedale Missionary Press and early black writing in South Africa, with specific reference to the critical writings of H.I.E. Dhlomo

Midgley, Henry Peter (1994) Author, ideology and publisher : a symbiotic relationship : Lovedale Missionary Press and early black writing in South Africa, with specific reference to the critical writings of H.I.E. Dhlomo. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The specific instances of RH.W. Shepherd and H.I.E. Dhlomo are used in this thesis to investigate some of the many factors that influence the formation of a colonial literature, such as politics, social structures and personal ideals. By isolating the Lovedale Mission Press ~s a "contact zone" - a·place where the cultures of the colonizer and the colonized come into direct contact with each other - it is possible to trace how the interaction between these cultures shaped the writing of a particular African writer, H.I.E. Dhlomo. This is done through an analysis of historical factors that shaped the policy of the Lovedale Mission Press in the twentieth century: the development of liberalism in South Africa, the·role of the missionary in African education, the function ofa liberal magazine such as The South African Outlook and the appointment of an ambitious missionary, R.I.W. Shepherd, to the position of Director of Publications. This necessarily included a study of Shepherd's vision of African literature. On the other hand, this study takes cognisance of the factors that shaped Herbert Dhlomo's vision of literature: the development of African nationalism, the entrenchment of segregation as a politial doctrine, and most importantly, his struggle to have his creative writing published by the Lovedale Press. It is shown how Shepherd's vision of what African literature should entail contrasted with Dhlomo's, and how, as a result, Dhlomo deliberately structured his critical writing as a response to Shepherd's Eurocentric approach to African literature.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Lovedale Press, Herbert Dhlomo, Black authors, South Africa
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English
ID Code:3972
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:06 Nov 2012 10:13
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